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Much of US VCM production is used internally by chlor-alkalai producers, but the ICIS weekly report also coves the spot market. VCM is said to be exported to Mexico by some US suppliers.
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Shortage drives US VCM prices up in Q1
The US vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) market has suffered constrained supply, causing prices to rise during the first quarter.
A fire at Axiall’s VCM plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on 20 December put the US market in constrained supply and sent prices upward.
The year began with US VCM spot prices at an average $705/tonne free on board (FOB) US Gulf. They ended the quarter at an average $800/tonne FOB US Gulf.
The price increase and lowered availability pushed US VCM exports down 20% in January, to 88,209 tonnes in December and off their January 2012 levels by 3%.
The Axiall plant has been repaired and restarted operations during the last week of March.
Additionally, repairs to the Evangeline pipeline, which transports feedstock ethylene from Texas to Louisiana, should reopen in April, easing feedstock costs to the number of producers in that region.
Market participants expect the repairs to help lower prices and bring the market into better balance.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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